Professor Ian Godwin
Professor Ian Godwin
Professor in Plant Molecular Genetics
PhD, The University of Queensland
BAgrSc (Hons), The University of Queensland
 
John Hines Building (62) Room 334, St Lucia Campus
P: +61 7 3365 2141
F: +61 7 3365 1177
E: i.godwin@uq.edu.au

Expertise Topics

  • Molecular and genomics approaches to cereal improvement
  • Cereal quality biotechnology
  • GM cereals
  • Marker assisted selection in crop plants

Research Projects

  • NextGen Sorghum: genomics for the bio-economy (ARC Linkage)
  • eSorghum as a bio-fuel feedstock for arid environments (ARC Linkage)
  • Genetic and environmental factors controlling higher-level starch structure (ARC Discovery)
  • Eco-Turf: Water and nutrient use efficient turfgrasses from Australian biodiversity (ARC Linkage)
  • The control of basal stem rot of oil palm caused by Ganoderma in Solomon Islands (ACIAR)
  • Molecular approaches to improving rice cold tolerance (RIRDC)

Research Project Opportunities

  • Genomic approaches to improving cereal quality
  • Elucidating the sorghum cereal transcriptome
  • Improving the food quality of sorghum for human consumption
  • GM technologies for sorghum and rice
  • Identification of the molecular basis of Ganoderma-oil palm interactions
  • Utilising the genetic diversity of Australian native sorghums and rices

Selected Publications

  • B.C. Campbell, E.K. Gilding, V. Timbrell, P. Guru, D. Loo, D. Zennaro, A. Mari, G. Solley, M.M. Hill, I.D. Godwin, J.M. Davies (2015) Total transcriptome, proteome, and allergome of Johnson grass pollen, which is important for allergic rhinitis in subtropical regions. J Allergy Clinic. Immunol. 135: 133-142(IF 11.2)
  • Mace ES, Tai S, Gilding EK, Li Y, Prentis PJ, Bian L, Campbell BC, Hu W, Innes DJ, Han X, Cruickshank A, Dai C, Frère C, Zhang H, Hunt CH, Wang X, Shatte T, Wang M, Su Z, Li J, Lin X, Godwin ID, Jordan DR, Wang J (2013). Whole genome resequencing reveals untapped genetic potential in Africa’s indigenous cereal crop sorghum. Nature Comm. 4: 2320. doi:10.1038/ncomm3320(IF 10.7)
  • E.K. Gilding. C.H. Frere, A. Cruickshank, A.K. Rada, P.J. Prentis, A.M. Mudge, E.S. Mace, D.R. Jordan, I.D. Godwin (2013). Allelic variation at a single gene increases food value in a drought-tolerant staple cereal. Nature Comm. 4: 1483 doi: 10.1038/ncomms2450(IF 10.7)
  • Mace ES, Tai S, Gilding EK, Li Y, Prentis PJ, Bian L, Campbell BC, Hu W, Innes DJ, Han X, Cruickshank A, Dai C, Frère C, Zhang H, Hunt CH, Wang X, Shatte T, Wang M, Su Z, Li J, Lin X, Godwin ID, Jordan DR, Wang J (2013). Whole genome resequencing reveals untapped genetic potential in Africa’s indigenous cereal crop sorghum. Nature Communications 4: 2320. doi:10.1038/ncomms3320
  • E.K. Gilding. C.H. Frere, A. Cruickshank, A.K. Rada, P.J. Prentis, A.M. Mudge, E.S. Mace, D.R. Jordan and I.D. Godwin (2013). Allelic variation at a single gene increases food value in a drought-tolerant staple cereal. Nature Comunications. 4: 1483 doi: 10.1038/ncomms2450
  • G. Liu and I.D. Godwin (2012). Highly efficient sorghum transformation. Plant Cell Rep. 31: 999-1007
  • Frere, C.H, Prentis, P.J., Gilding, E.K., Mudge, A.M, Cruickshank, A and Godwin, I.D. (2011) Lack of low frequency variants masks patterns of non-neutral evolution following domestication. PLoS One 6: e23041.Laidlaw, H.K.C., Mace, E.S., Williams, S.B., Sakrewski, K., Mudge, A.M, Prentis, P.J. Jordan, D.R. and Godwin, I.D. (2010). Allelic variation of the β-, γ- and δ-kafirin genes in diverse Sorghum genotypes. Theor. Appl. Genet. 121: 1227-1237
  • Campbell, B.C., LeMare, S., Piperidis, G. and Godwin, I.D. (2010). IRAP, a retrotransposon based marker system for the detection of somaclonal variation in barley. Molec. Breed. 27: 193-206.
  • K.B. Ritter, C.L. McIntyre, D.R. Jordan, S.C. Chapman, E.S. Mace and I.D. Godwin (2008) Identification of QTL for sugar-related traits in sweet x grain sorghum (Sorghum bicolor L. Moench) inbred population. Molec. Breed. 22: 367-384.
  • Ritter, K.B., McIntyre, C.L., Godwin, I.D., Jordan, D.R. and Chapman, S.C. (2007). An assessment of the genetic relationship between sweet and grain sorghums, within Sorghum bicolor ssp. bicolor (L.) Moench, using AFLP markers. Euphytica 157:161-176.

 

Key Stakeholder Engagement

  • Pacific Seeds
  • Advanta Seeds
  • Jimboomba Turf
  • Dairy Innovation Australia
  • Queensland Government
  • PNG Oil Palm Research Association
  • Guadalcanal Plains Palm Oil Limite

Teaching and Development

  • AGRC1020 Applied Animal Biology
  • AGRC1021 Applied Plant Biology
  • GNET2001 Agricultural Genetics and Biotechnology
  • BIOL3202 Plant Biology II
  • BIOL3203 Plant Molecular Biology and Biotechnology
  • BIOL3200 Advanced Topics in Plant Science
  • BIOL3011 Plant Insect and Microbial Interactions

Biography

Professor Ian Godwin has over 30 years’ experience in plant biotechnology research, and cut his teeth on plant genetic engineering at Birmingham University in the UK in the 1980s. Since 1990, he has held an academic position in plant molecular genetics at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. His research involves the use of biotechnological tools for crop improvement, with emphasis on the sustainable production of grain crops. Major focus is on the improvement of crops for food, feed and bio-industrial end-uses. Research projects include international collaborations with a focus on food security and plant genetic resource conservation with collaborators in the United States, Germany, China, India, Africa and Pacific Island countries. He is passionate about the public communication of science, and has spoken at many public events on genetics, GM plants and food, animal cloning, and the future of agriculture in a changing climate. In 2003 he was an ABC Science Media Fellow, and has appeared on ABC radio national and local radio on numerous occasions.

 

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